I have been a licensed attorney in California since 1994. I am a member of the following professional organizations: the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, the Family Law Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Collaborative Practice East Bay, Collaborative Practice California (CP California), and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
After working as a family law litigator up until 2009, I decided that while the courts might be necessary in certain situations, the courts are more conducive to battle than supportive of families or individuals moving through the painful transition of separation and divorce. Since then, I have chosen to help my clients using only consensual dispute resolution practices.
Having experienced the challenges of divorce myself, I understand many of the issues my clients are facing. My goal in practicing family law has always been to bring warmth and caring to this process so that clients feel they have someone to turn to when faced with confusing family law forms and the enormity of the emotions encountered on the path to separation. When children are involved, I am committed to helping the separating parents understand how separation may impact their children’s lives and educating them on ways to make the transition healthier for their children. I also strongly believe that the process of mediation and other collaborative approaches can play a significant role in minimizing the damage from the divorce process and creating an effective communication model that parties can use to resolve future conflicts.
I earned my BA in Economics from UCLA and my JD from the King Hall School of Law at UC Davis. In addition to my formal education, I studied mediation for years with both the Bay Area Non-violent Communication Center in Oakland and the Center for Understanding in Conflict in Marin. I continue to study conflict resolution with Gary Friedman, Norman Fischer, and other conflict professionals at the Center for Understanding In Conflict.
I currently live in Lafayette with my two children. I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, reading books with real covers, and mediating my children’s conflicts.
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